Some good news for Roshan Sethi’s feature directorial debut, 7 Days. It’s being reported this week that the romantic comedy has found U.S. distribution.
Cinedigm has acquired North American rights to the film, and it plans to release it inside theaters early next year.
The film, which was executive produced by The Duplass Brothers, features two Indian-Americans named Ravi and Rita.
They are set up on a pre-arranged date by their old-fashioned parents. Wile the pair initially seem to have nothing in common, they develop a relationship as the Covid-19 pandemic breaks out, and they are forced to shelter in place together.
Sounds like a unique take on the quarantine angle, so I certainly won’t knock it for featuring the pandemic.
Sethi wrote the script during lockdown and was lucky enough to find support to help turn it into a feature film.
We made this movie as a loving ode to the traditional arranged marriages that raised many of us. The story is meant to both embody and subvert the expectations of romantic comedies,
I’m excited for this one. When news of a release date drops, I’ll be sure to share it on here. I think this could be a surprisingly delightful flick.
Dave Franco got his start in Hollywood as an actor, but here lately he’s been focusing more on behind-the-camera work. He directed his first feature, The Rental, last year. The horror flick received mostly positive reviews from critics and topped the box office for a couple weeks.
Additionally, Franco helped produce A24’s ‘Zola’ film which also performed well with critics and did great numbers at the box office.
Thanks to his recent success, Hollywood is giving Franco another directing gig. It was announced this week that the 36-year-old will direct the upcoming rom-com Somebody I Used To Know for Amazon Studios.
He co-wrote the script with his wife Alison Brie, who is also set to star in this film, alongside Jay Ellis and Kiersey Clemons.
The film follows workaholic Ally (Brie) who, on a trip to her hometown, spends a night reminiscing with her ex-boyfriend Sean (Ellis), which makes her start to question everything about the choices she’s made and the person she’s become. And things only get more confusing when she meets Cassidy (Clemons), a younger woman who reminds her of the person she used to be.
Franco told Deadline that he and Brie were inspired by the classic rom-coms from the 80s and 90s.
Alison and I love romantic comedies and were inspired by the classics from the 80’s and 90’s. We couldn’t be more excited about working with Jay and Kiersey, who are both extremely natural performers, capable of bringing levity and drama in equal measure. And we’re so grateful to have partnered with Amazon Studios, who have been incredibly supportive in helping bring this project to life.
No word on when this movie is planned to be released, but we’re assuming sometime in 2022.
Are you down for an indie romantic comedy? Of course you are. Even when they’re bad, they’re good because they warm your cold heart.
The first trailer for ‘Dating & New York‘ was released this week. It’s the feature directorial debut from filmmaker Jonah Feingold. The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is now set to be released in select theaters and VOD this September.
After an electric one-night stand, two dating-app-matched New York millennials draw up a ‘Best Friends with Benefits’ contract to avoid the pitfalls of their past relationships – what could possibly go wrong?
So it doesn’t exactly sound like the most original premise, but the premise isn’t what hooks you in to a romantic comedy. It’s the characters, so hopefully this film has some great characters.
Dating & New York stars Jaboukie Young-White, Francesca Reale, Taylor Hill and Arturo Castro.
Check out the trailer below. The release is scheduled for September 10, 2021.
We all know Pete Davidson has had an impressive dating history in real life, dating stars like Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale and Margaret Qualley.
And now, he’ll have a pretty impressive on-screen romance with ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Kaley Cuoco.
According to a new report from Deadline, Davidson and Cuoco are in negotiations to star in the romantic comedy, Meet Cute, from director Alex Lehmann.
Meet Cute, I hear, is a wildly inventive deconstruction of the romantic comedy built around the question: What would you do if you could travel to your loved ones’ past, heal their traumas, fix their problems, and change them into the perfect partner?
Cuoco will star as Sheila and Davidson will play Gary, which is kinda cool. I’ve always thought he looked like a Gary. A chain-smoking Gary.
Noga Pnueli wrote the script, and it looks like it might be her first feature screenplay credit, so that’s pretty cool.
It’s important to note that the deal has not closed, so things could still fall apart, however once things start leaking like this, there’s high chance the deal gets done.
If you still don’t know who Billy Eichner is, that’ll be changing very soon. The comedian/actor became popular for harassing people on the streets of New York City.
His show, Billy on the Street, delivered lots of laughs…
And now he’s taking his comedic talent to Hollywood. According to a new report, Eichner will co-write/star in the romantic comedy Bros, which will be produced by Universal Studios.
He announced the news on his Twitter account:
In shocking news, BROS will be the first rom com about gay men ever produced by a major studio and, apparently, I’m the first openly gay man to ever write and star in their own studio film. Only took 100 years! THANKS HOLLYWOOD!!! Also, f**k my manager in 2006 who told me to be less gay because a big agent was coming to my show.
He’s co-writing the script with Nicholas Stoller, who will also direct the film. Stoller directed ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘ back in 2008, so Eichner has a great partner in this.
It’s set to be released August 12, 2022. That’s a pretty prime release date, so the studio has complete faith in this flick.
A huge romantic comedy is coming to Amazon Studios, and the cast is pretty damn impressive.
Charlie Day and Jenny Slate are set to star in the rom-com ‘I Want You Back‘ and they’ll be surrounded by a bunch of talented actors, including Good Place star Manny Jacinto, Gina Rodriguez and Scott Eastwood.
Slate and Day will play 30somethings, dumped by their respective partners and terrified that their shot at a fairytale life — complete with marriage, kids and houses in the suburbs — are over. With no prospects on the horizon and the thought of dying alone looming, they hatch a desperate plan to win back their exes, who are already in new relationships.
The script was written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, the co-showrunners of ‘This Is Us’ so expect this comedy to have a lot of heart.
Production is expected to begin in Atlanta next month and Jason Orley is set to direct.
I immediately fell in love with Isaac and Elizabeth’s funny, heartfelt script. I am so honored that they, along with the amazing team at Amazon are allowing me to bring their timeless love story to life, and that I get to do it with such an incredible group of actors.
This should be a good one. No official release date has been announced, but considering they’re filming in March, it could be released as soon as this fall/winter, but more likely sometime in early 2022, perhaps around Valentine’s Day.
Gabrielle Union has found her co-star. It was announced this week that Keith Powers is joining the upcoming Netflix romantic comedy, The Perfect Find.
The movie is based on the 2016 bestselling novel of the same name by Tia Williams.
Union stars as Jenna Jones, who is hopeful that her new job in beauty journalism will be a fresh start in her life. She soon learns that her new boss, Darcy, is her frenemy. Jenna starts a relationship with the company’s videographer, Eric, and things get complicated when she learns he’s Darcy’s son.
If we’re being completely honest, it sounds pretty generic, but sometimes that’s okay for romcoms. Sometimes all you need is good chemistry on screen and some funny moments.
Union will also be producing this flick under her I’ll Have Another banner. No word on when filming might begin, but we’re assuming it’ll get started early next year.
It’s set to be directed by Numa Perrier, who wrote/directed the 2019 film Jezebel, which you can watch right now on Netflix.
Well, Reese Witherspoon is officially partnering up with Netflix. The 44-year-old actress has been wanting to team up with the streaming giant for a while now, and it looks like the right opportunity has arrived.
She will reportedly star in two romantic comedy films for Netflix. The deal was finalized this week. We don’t know how much the deal is worth, but we’re willing to bet she’s making bank.
The first film Reese will star in is titled ‘Your Place Or Mine‘ and it’ll mark the feature directorial debut of the talented Aline Brosh McKenna, who found great success with the musical comedy series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Your Place Or Mine focuses on two long-distance best friends who change each other’s lives when she decides to pursue a lifelong dream and he volunteers to keep an eye on her teenage son.
What about the second project? Well, it’s titled ‘The Cactus‘ and it’s based on Sarah Haywood’s best-selling novel of the same name. We all know how much Reese loves to adapt novels.
In The Cactus, an unexpected pregnancy at 45 causes a reserved woman to rethink the structured life she has created for herself and leads her on an unconventional journey toward love, family and learning to embrace the unexpected.
No word on when these films are expected to hit the streaming service, but it’ll likely be a year or two, given the current situation in Hollywood.
Netflix has developed into rom-com central. Big studios refuse to make a lot of romantic comedies because they don’t perform as well inside theaters as they used to.
But they do perform well on Netflix, which is why they are pumping them out one after another. Their latest rom-com is titled ‘Always Be My Maybe‘ and it stars Ali Wong and Randall Park. They also co-wrote the script together.
The film tells the story of childhood friends who have a falling out and don’t talk to each other for 15 years. When they meet as adults, well, you know some magic happens.
Though the two are reluctant to reconnect, they soon find the old sparks, and maybe some new ones, are there.
Keanu Reeves makes a cameo in this flick, which is always a good thing. He should be in every movie.
Always Be My Maybe will be released on Netflix May 31, 2019. Check out the trailer below…
You might have heard about the drama following Rebel Wilson around on Twitter. She went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show over a week ago to talk about her upcoming romantic comedy film, Isn’t It Romantic.
During the interview, she claimed that she was the “first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy,” which obviously isn’t true. I mean, are we forgetting Queen Latifah in Last Holiday? That doesn’t count, Rebel?
The actress started getting comments on Twitter, trying to gentle make her realize what she said was incorrect. And instead of recognizing her mistake, she tried to defend it…
Hey girl! Yeah I of course know of these movies but it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are catorgorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area
After that, it was on. Wilson started to get dozens of comments from angry folks on Twitter, and she decided to block them all. Seriously. She just started blocking people who disagreed with her.
Even Mo’Nique had to step in and say something…
Hey my sweet sister. Let’s please not allow this business to erase our talent with giving grey areas and technicalities. Take a moment and know the history. DON’T BE A PART OF ERASING IT. I wish you the best.
Finally, after days of blocking people and basically being laughed at for her reaction to the madness, Wilson decided to apologize for her comments and her behavior that followed.
In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others.
With the help of some very compassionate and well-thought out responses from others on social media, I now realize what I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful. To be part of a problem I was hoping I was helping makes it that much more embarrassing & hard to-